Piloting of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on the situation of women and children in Serbia (MICS 5) in Zrenjanin
Belgrade, 27 January 2014 – The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF are launching the fifth round of the national Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on the situation of women and children in Serbia (MICS). Piloting on the sample of 402 households will be held in the territory of the municipality of Zrenjanin on 26 and 27 January. The nationwide filed work will be carried out from 1 February until 30 April 2014.
The Survey will provide the largest single source of data that are not collected through regular statistical surveys in the areas of education, living conditions, social welfare, health status and protection of women and children. For a better understanding of poverty, MICS will also include the poorest families with children, as well as the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, such as Roma.
Results from the survey will be used for formulating policies, strategies and measures in order to improve the quality of services and living conditions of women and children, as well as for monitoring progress in implementation of national and international goals and commitments. Data collected through the survey will be published in a separate report and will be available on the Internet.
The survey will be carried out on a representative sample of 9,100 households covering the entire territory of the Republic of Serbia. Some 88 experienced interviewers of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia will take part in the fieldwork, as well as members of the Roma NGOs which are particularly important for providing access to Roma settlements and households.
The success of this important and complex survey depends on the response of households and their willingness to open their doors to interviewers who will bear visible credentials issued by UNICEF and the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is an international survey programme, developed by UNICEF in collaboration with other UN agencies, which is carried out every five years (with a tendency towards more frequent intervals – every three years) in over 100 countries in order to ensure internationally comparable estimates, continuity of survey and time sets of indicators. The survey is focused on the most vulnerable part of the population: women, children under the age of 5, disadvantaged and marginalized groups. Some of the most important indicators that are calculated from the data collected through this survey are indicators related to conditions in which children grow and develop, vaccination (immunization) of the youngest children, malnutrition and obesity in children, etc.